EMDR - Eye Movement De-sensitising & Re-processing
sometimes known as 'rapid eye movement therapy' actually stands for 'Eye
Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing' and it involves the client
entering into a memory recall of a difficult incident that has had a
lasting negative effect.
During the memory recall the client
engages in a very natural way for the mind to become desnsitised to the
original memory and they will normally re-process information to the
mind in a more logical, practical and self-accepting manner.
this stage is started it is good practice for the client to be
aquainted with a simple self soothing technique (that is personalised to
suit them) and the therapist will help them to achieve this.
Your therapist will help you to learn a method such as the 'safe place' vision & affect method, or a similar one.
may be used within a series of counselling sessions or it could be
the main therapy given (although counselling sessions may be required
within the complete therapy)
full emdr program consists of an 8 phased protocol, and it is essential
to complete this in the correct order and the correct way. (Jen is an
accredited pratitioner and a consultant in the official Emdr therapy
protocol, within the Emdr Europe UK & Ireland headquarters)
HOW MANY SESSIONS? This usually takes place over 4 or more of specific emdr visits. It depends, as always, on the person and the issue.
Longer sessions of up to 90 mins are sometimes recommended and these could be interspersed with shorter counselling sessions.
specific program will be explained to you fully before we start. If you
wish to have dedicated Emdr therapy, then you are looking at a minimum
of 4-6 sessions. In cases of PTSD or more long standing traumatic
situations, you may well require a few more sessions.
HOW DOES IT HELP? The
aim is to fully and completely resolve all the symptoms of your trauma
so that you can lead a normal life again. The efficacy of Emdr therapy
has been clinically proven and is recommended by the NICE)